|Rushden Echo, 14th December, 1906, transcribed by Gill Hollis
Rushden Urban District Council
THE PROVISION OF STABLING
At a meeting of this Council on Wednesday night there were present: Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), F. Ballard (vice-chairman), F. Knight, G. Denton, J. Hornsby, C. Bates, J. S. Clipson, G. H. Skinner, J. Claridge, A. J. Dobbs, and W. Bazeley, with the Clerk (Mr. G. S. Mason), the Surveyor (Mr. W. B. Madin), and the Sanitary Inspector (Mr. H. Hunter).
COUNCIL IN COMMITTEE
At a meeting of the whole Council in Committee held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 14th November, 1906, there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, C. Bates, J. S. Clipson, J. Claridge, G. Denton, A. J. Dobbs, J. Hornsby, F. Knight and G. H. Skinner.
The draft Standing Orders were considered seriatim and unanimously approved by the Committee.
The Surveyor’s amended plan for stabling accommodation at the town depot was submitted by him and explained to the Committee. After considerable discussion, in which some members expressed an opinion that it was desirable to postpone the matter until the new year, it was resolved that the plan of the stables as submitted be approved.
The Chairman said the report only expressed approval of the plan for the stables in the event of the Council deciding to proceed with the building.
Mr. Claridge did not think it was an opportune time to purchase horses or erect stabling.
Mr. Denton could not see that there was any advantage in approving the plan if they were not going on with the work.
Mr. Knight agreed with Mr. Denton. They knew there was a strong feeling in the town against the scheme.
The Chairman: I must call you to order on that.
Mr. Bazeley: It’s a question as to whether there is that feeling.
The Chairman: I cannot allow discussion on that matter. We must either approve the report or refer it back to the committee.
Mr. Knight moved that the report be referred back.
Mr. Skinner seconded the motion.
Mr. Hornsby, as the one who brought the scheme forward, considered the Council were committed to it. He maintained strongly that the cost to the Council would be no more than at present under the contract system and proceeded to give figures to support his contention. The question that had been the chief obstacle was that of finding a place to tip refuse, but he had mentioned the matter to a gentleman who was prepared to take the refuse, so they would be saved the expense of carting to Wymington. He could see no reason why the work should not be carried out.
Mr. Claridge was satisfied that the work would cost the Council much more than at the present time. The rates were a burden now and he did not think the Council ought to add to the burden. It was time they considered, perhaps more than they had done, what they could do to cut down expenses. In saying that he was not influenced from outside because he had always opposed the scheme.
Mr. Skinner said they had contractors in the town with good horses and vehicles and there were many reasons in favour of the present system. He did not believe the work could be done by the Council as cheaply as Mr. Hornsby suggested.
Mr. Dobbs said if he felt as some of the members of the Council did who were strongly against the scheme, he should suggest that no scavenging be done at all. It would be a nuisance to have the stuff left on the roads, but it would save the rates. He quite agreed with Mr. Hornsby’s views. Of course, the Ratepayers’ Association – (The Chairman: Don’t mention that, please) – opposed it without knowing what the cost would be or anything else. If they did not collect the refuse at all it would be a nuisance, but not such a great nuisance as a little more on the rates.
Mr. Bazeley thought the opposition to the scheme was very weak and it looked as though they were subject to outside influence. It looked too, as though they preferred to be under the heel of the private trader. He was satisfied that if the stables were erected and horses purchased the work would be done more economically and more efficiently than at present.
Mr. Knight’s motion was lost by seven votes to four, and the committee’s recommendation was adopted.
PLANS, &C., COMMITTEE
A meeting of the Plans, Water, Highways, and Lighting Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 28th November, 1906, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (in the chair), J. S. Clipson, G. Denton, A. J. Dobbs, Fred Knight, and A. Mantle.
Were presented by :-
Mr. E. B. Bramley Moore for greenhouse and shed adjoining his house in Avenue-road, Court Estate, and passed.
Mr. G. M. Strachan for stabling at the rear of his shop on the Wellingborough-road, and passed subject to the floor of the manure pit being raised 3 inches above the ground.
The Rev. Dr. Riddle for coal house and w.c. to the new house at the bottom of Hayway and passed.
Mr. H. R. Thompson for w.c. at the rear of his butcher’s shop on the Kimbolton-road and passed.
INFRINGEMENT OF BYE-LAWS
Mr. Tomlin attended the meeting on behalf of Mr. Burrows and expressed regret that the wooden building should have been put up in contravention of the bye-laws. It was only a small building, for which Mr. Burrows did not think a plan required submitting.
It was resolved to recommend the Council to require Mr. Burrows to give an undertaking to remove the building when called upon so to do.
The Surveyor reported that he had interviewed the owners of the property on the west side of Grove-street with regard to their memorial asking that a sewer might be laid along the backway at the rear of their houses, but did not find that they were prepared to bear the entire cost of laying such a sewer.
The Committee were of opinion that the owners should be prepared to bear at least half the expenses, and the surveyor was instructed to again put the matter before them with a view to their agreeing to this.
The Surveyor was instructed to prepare an estimate of the cost of completing this road and maintaining the same for a period of five years with a view to the owners entering into an agreement for the Council to undertake the work and take over the road as a public highway.
The report was adopted.
FINANCE &C., COMMITTEE
A meeting of the Finance, Estates, Cemetery, and Sanitary Committee was held at the Vestry Hall on Wednesday, the 5th December, 1906, when there were present:- Messrs. T. Swindall (chairman), F. Ballard, W. Bazeley, J. Claridge, J. Hornsby, G. H. Skinner, and C. Bates.
SURVEYOR’S CASH ACCOUNT
The Committee examined the Surveyor’s cash account with the wages books, the expenditure shown therein being as follows:-
By the Collector’s accounts produced it appeared that he had during the month collected the following sums:-
COLLECTOR’S FITTINGS ACCOUNTS
The Committee examined the Collector’s fittings accounts, from which it appeared that he had collected the following sums on the undermentioned accounts:-
CEMETERY REGISTRAR’S ACCOUNT
The Committee also examined the Cemetery Registrar’s account, from which it appeared that the following sum had been paid to him during the month:-
From the Treasurer’s accounts produced it appeared that the following sums had been paid to him during the month:-
And that the following balances were in hand on the undermentioned accounts:-
TRADESMEN’S AND OTHER ACCOUNTS
A number of accounts were examined and passed for payment.
HEALTH AND SANITARY REPORTS
The Medical Officer reported that three cases of infectious disease had been notified since the last meeting, two of erysipelas and one of scarlet fever.
The Sanitary Inspector informed the Committee that during the past month he had inspected 34 factories and 30 outworkers’ premises. He had found it necessary to serve 22 notices with regard to the sanitary accommodation, overcrowding, and white-washing, all of which were being complied with. Seven additional workshops had been placed on the register, and three workshops where young persons were employed had been notified to the Inspector.
The Inspector submitted further details of his general work carried out during the month and stated that, out of 43 notices which he had found it necessary to serve, 33 had been complied with.
With regard to the notification of the scarlet fever case in Queen-street, attention was drawn to the fact that although the notice was dated the 24th November it was not received by the Council’s Officer until the 27th, so that no attention could be given to the case for a considerable time after its infectious nature became known. The Clerk was requested to draw the attention of the doctor attending the case to the delay, with a request that all notifications might be promptly delivered to the Sanitary Inspector.
The Sanitary Inspector referred to the severe epidemic of measles in the north end of the town and suggested that it might be advisable to close the schools in that district at once until after the Christmas holidays. The Committee decided that the matter should be placed before the Medical Officer and an expression of opinion obtained from him, which they agreed should be acted upon.
The Veterinary Inspector’s quarterly report was received from which it appeared that he had visited 29 premises belonging to 27 cowkeepers and inspected 267 cows. The Officer stated that on the whole he considered the cows healthy and in good condition.
In communicating the report to the Clerk, Mr. Bainbridge referred to some difficulty experienced by him in consequence of the cowkeepers not having the cows at home for his inspection on the day appointed.
The Committee expressed themselves as satisfied that these inspections by a veterinary surgeon were tending to a great improvement of the dairy cattle in the district, and expressed a strong hope that the dairymen and cowkeepers would all endeavour to make the inspection as convenient as possible to the Officer.
The Surveyor was authorised to purchase such shrubs as might be necessary for renewing those which had died during the past summer.
The Chairman said the proposed standing orders for the conduct of the business of the Council had been considered and approved, and he formally moved that they be adopted and come into force on Jan. 1.
Mr. Claridge seconded the motion, which was agreed to.
THE RATEPAYERS’ ASSOCIATION
A letter was received from Mr. G. Bayes, secretary to the Ratepayers’ Association, stating that the Association had unanimously resolved to respectfully ask the Urban Council to defer the purchase of a steam fire-engine and the building of stabling at present, and had further decided to ask the Council to receive a deputation on the subject.
The Chairman said that when the Free Church Council asked to be allowed to send a deputation it was decided to meet them in committee.
Mr. Denton moved that the Council receive the deputation in committee.
Mr. Ballard seconded the motion on the understanding that similar requests from other bodies of townsmen be acceded to.
Mr. Dobbs thought the deputation should be received in open Council meeting, especially as the Association seemed to be fond of putting their ideas forward.
Mr. F. Knight agreed that the deputation should be received in open Council.
The Chairman took it that the deputation would not be hostile to the Council but rather sympathetic, and he thought the matter could be discussed more freely in committee.
The motion was carried, Mr. Knight dissenting.
21st December, 1906
At their last meeting the Rushden Urban Council adopted Standing Orders for the regulation of the proceedings and business of the Council, as follow:-
MEETING OF THE COUNCIL
1. The annual meeting of the Council shall be held as soon as may be convenient after the 15th day of April in each year. (P.H.A. 1875, Schedule 1, Rule 11)
Ordinary meetings of the Council shall be held at least monthly (P.H.A. 1875. Sect. 199). The Council at the Annual Meeting in each year shall fix the dates for the ordinary meetings for that year.
The quorum for the council shall be one-third of the full number of its members (P.H.A. 1875, Schedule 1, Rule 2).
ORDER OF BUSINESS
2. The order of business at every meeting of the Council shall be as follows:-
(1) The minutes of the last meeting shall be read with a view to confirmation.
(2) Reports of Committees.
(3) Business expressly required by Statute to be done at the meeting.
(4) Notices of motion in the order in which they have been received.
(5) Any other business.
The Council may at any meeting vary the order of business so as to give precedence to any business of special urgency.
NOTICES OF MOTION
3. Every notice of motion shall be in writing, signed by the member of the Council giving the notice, and shall be given to the Clerk, and shall be entered in a book in his office, which book shall be open to the inspection of every member of the Council. A notice of motion which shall not have been received prior to 12 o’clock noon on the usual day for issuing the summons for any meeting of the Council shall not be specified in any summons for such meeting.
4. If a motion, notice of which is specified in the summons, be not moved either by the member who has given the notice, or by some other member on his behalf, when it comes on in due course it shall, unless postponed by leave of the Council, be considered as dropped and shall not be moved without fresh notice.
5. No motion to rescind any resolution which has been passed within the preceding six months, nor any motion to the same effect as any motion which has been negative within the preceding six months, shall be in order unless the notice thereof shall have been given and specified in the summons, and the notice shall bear, in addition to the name of the member who proposes the motion, the names of three other members; and when any such notice has been disposed of by the Council, it shall not be competent for any member to propose a similar motion within a further period of six months.
This Order shall not apply to motions which are moved by the Chairman or other Member of a Committee in pursuance of the report of the Committee.
ORDER OF DEBATE
6. Every motion or amendment shall be moved and seconded, and shall, if required by the Chairman, be reduced to writing, and handed to the Chairman or the Clerk, and read before it is further discussed or put to the Meeting.
7. A member of the Council shall stand when speaking and shall address the Chair. In case two or more members rise, the Chairman shall call on one to speak.
8. A member who speaks shall direct his speech strictly to the motion under discussion, or to a motion or amendment to be proposed by himself, or to a question of order.
9. On the motion of one member, seconded by another, the Council may resolve itself into Committee on a particular subject.
10. A member shall not address the Council more than once on any motion or amendment unless the Council is in Committee, but the mover of an original resolution may reply, and in his reply shall strictly confine himself to answering previous speakers and shall not introduce any new matter into the debate. Provided always that a member may speak to a point of order or in explanation of some material part of a speech made by him, which he believes to have been misunderstood.
11. A motion or amendment once made and seconded shall not be withdrawn without the consent of the Council.
12. Every amendment shall be relevant to the motion on which it is moved.
13. Whenever an amendment upon an original motion has been moved and seconded no second or subsequent amendment shall be moved until the first amendment shall have been disposed of; but notice of any number of amendments may be given.
14. If an amendment be rejected other amendments may be moved on the original motion. If an amendment be carried, the motion as amended shall take the place of the original motion, and shall become the question upon which any further amendment may be moved.
15. A member moving that the Council do now proceed to the next business, or that the debate be now adjourned, may speak for not more than five minutes, and if the motion be seconded it shall be seconded without a speech. The Chairman shall then call on the mover of the resolution under discussion to speak to the motion just moved and subject thereto, the motion shall forthwith be put to the vote.
16. If a majority of two-thirds present shall declare that the matter has been sufficiently discussed, the Chairman shall then put the question at once.
17. A member addressing the Council shall not read his speech.
18. Every Question shall be determined by voices, or if required by the Chairman, by show of hands, in which case the names for and against the motion or amendment shall be taken down in writing and entered on the minutes.
19. In case of equality of votes, the Chairman of the meeting, whether of Council or Committee, shall have a second or casting vote (P.H.A. 1875, Schedule 1, Rule 8).
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
20. The reports of all Committees shall be laid before the Council, and every recommendation of a Committee (not having executive powers of its own) shall be submitted for approval, amendment, or otherwise, by resolution of the Council.
21. All deeds and other documents to which the Common Seal of the Council shall require to be affixed, shall be sealed in pursuance of a resolution of the Council, and in the presence of the Chairman of the Council and of the Clerk or his deputy.
An entry of the sealing of every deed and other document to which the Common Seal shall have been affixed shall be entered upon the minutes of the Council.
SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS
22. Any one or more of the Standing Orders in any case of urgency or upon motion made on a notice duly given may be suspended at any meeting, so far as regards any business at such meeting, provided that three-fourths of the members of the Council present, and voting, shall so decide.
23. Throughout these Orders, if not inconsistent with the context, the following term shall have the meaning hereinafter assigned to it:-
“Chairman” shall mean the Chairman of the Meeting of the Council for the time being.